Concerns around heart-screening snub

first_img FORCEFUL MEASURES Meanwhile, ISSA Competitions Director George Forbes, who noted that the organisation was expecting to meet with principals to reinforce the importance of screening, also underlined that they are working on more forceful measures. “All schools have been asked to do their medicals, before the start of the season,” Forbes outlined. On the matter of financing, Forbes made it clear that ISSA cannot help individual schools fund the screening exercise. Instead, they try to put on seminars and conferences to educate the athletes and coaches. “We (ISSA) don’t deal with poor schools or rich schools, schools are schools. It is instructed to all schools to do medicals,” he assured. While ISSA has no current mechanism to force schools to do screening, Forbes assured that they are working on a document for them to sign. “There is a form that is being developed for that, we have told the schools that this is the way to go, and they have to take the medicals important,” he continued. Less than a month into the current season, the competitions officer is crediting some meet directors for not having athletes “overwork” by doing more than one events. “I can’t speak for all track meets but all we are trying to do is to educate and sensitise so that everybody understand medical is most important, we lost two athletes last year and we can’t afford to lose any this year,” added Forbes. Local sports medicine specialist Dr Paul Wright is expressing concern that not enough student athletes have conducted heart-screening exercises. Approximately 100 student athletes have been screened by the Heart Foundation of Jamaica since last October. For athletes who compete in Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) competitions, the cost for a complete Heart Foundation of Jamaica medical is $2,500 and includes blood test, heart test, physical examination, and vision test. “We have screened about 100 athletes so far, and no it is not enough. There is a flurry when someone dies, and then it stops,” Wright told The Gleaner. He also strongly condemned arguments that screening student athletes costs too much, noting parents should place a priority on the procedure. “It’s falling down with the parents, they saw a footballer drop dead on television, but they are not paying enough attention to screening until somebody dies,” Wright lamented. Last year, St George’s College football captain Dominic James collapsed and died during a Manning Cup game. Spot Valley’s Saymar Ramsey collapsed and died after representing his school in a basketball game last year, while Cavahn McKenzie, a St Jago High distance runner also collapsed and passed away while competing at the NACAC Cross Country Championship in Trinidad and Tobago in 2014.last_img read more

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SOCCER: OSCAR TRAYNOR PANEL ANNOUNCED FOR NEW SEASON

first_imgDonegal Oscar Traynor team manager Brian Dorrian has just announced his panel for the 2015/2016 season. It is:Chris Sweeney Gweedore CelticJoe Coll Glenea UnitedMark Gallagher Rathmullan CelticJamie Boyle Gweedore CelticRyan Farrell St CatherinesBenny Bonnar Drumoghill FCRyan Shields Kilmacrennan CelticRyan Gildea Rathmullan CelticBrian Lafferty Cappry RoversGary Crossan Kildrum TigersDamian Crossan Kildrum TigersJoey Cullen Milford UnitedEoin Sheridan Rathmullan CelticRyan Connolly Rathmullan CelticKyle Black Milford UnitedChris Malseed Drumoghill FCPhilip Whyte Drumoghill FCGlenn Gallagher Lagan HarpsDarren Doran Lagan HarpsDarren Mc Geever Glenea UnitedPaul Sweeney Glenea UnitedChristy Conaghan Kilmacrennan CelticGary Merritt Milford United Brian Dorrian ManagerPeter Doherty Assistant ManagerMark Curran Assistant ManagerTommy Mc Fadden Assistant ManagerMichael Mc Glynn PhysioIan Strain Goalkeeping CoachSOCCER: OSCAR TRAYNOR PANEL ANNOUNCED FOR NEW SEASON was last modified: October 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalOscar Traynor panelsoccerlast_img read more

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JIGS AND REELS IN THE ROSSES – LET THE DANCING BEGIN!

first_imgFollowing three months of rehearsals under the baton (or was it whip) of Lord of the Dance’s Fiona Gallagher, 24 dancers take to the stage of Aislann Rann na Feirste tonight (Friday) for Jigs n Reels in aid of Naomh Mhuire GAA Club in the Lower Rosses.With shows tonight, Friday and again on Saturday night….the production has caught the imagination of the entire population of West Donegal and over 1000 are expected to view the show over its two nights.Saturday night sold out in under an hour however the Friday night show has tickets available at the door of the well appointed and ever popular Aislann Centre. Brian “Feda” O’Donnell on behalf of the organisers said “The dancers set a serious pace and standard from the beginning. We were all overwhelmed by their committment and the result will be two great nights of entertainment.”Proceeds will go directly to the erection of match ready floodlights as well as increased changing rooms at what is one of the county’s finest GAA club facilities in Kincasslagh.Good luck to everyone taking part! Thanks to Brid Sweeney for the pixBelow: Nicole the physio giving them their last pep talk Below: Charlie, Brian and Nicole making sure the last arrangements are all done.hughie and maighread doing there stretches as shaun stuffs his face  with nuts…pius, dennis and maire testing out the rubbers for the big nightJIGS AND REELS IN THE ROSSES – LET THE DANCING BEGIN! was last modified: March 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JIGS AND REELS IN THE ROSSES – LET THE DANCING BEGIN!naomh mhuire lower rosses gaa clublast_img read more

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Four local heroes win ‘Just In Time Awards’

first_imgFour brave Donegal surf instructors were honoured with Irish Water Safety awards yesterday in Dublin.Owen Murphy, Fergal Muller, Friederike Rost and Sean Young were the heroes of the day on 15th of July 2017 when their quick-thinking acts saved many lives.Nine young members of the Fermanagh GAA minor team have the brave surfers to thank after a dramatic incident saw them being rescued from the waters at Tullan Strand, Bundoran. The “SEIKO Just In Time Awards” were yesterday presented to 30 people yesterday. The awards honoured those who came to the assistance of person(s) in difficulty in water and in danger of drowning – 30 lives were saved by the thirty rescuers at the ceremony.Dublin Castle, Wednesday 29th November 2017: Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural &; Community Development (left) and Martin O’Sullivan, Chairman of Irish Water Safety present Olivia Murphy (mother of Owen), Fergal Muller, Friederike Rost and Sean Young with Seiko Just In Time Awards at the annual IWS Awards Ceremony. Photograph: David Branigan/OceansportThe Donegal incident occurred in July when nine teenagers entered the water to cool down unaware of dangerous rip currents.Within minutes they all got into difficulty. The alarm was raised by members of the public who contacted the coast guard. In the meantime, four local surf instructors who happened to be giving lessons at Tullan Strand quickly intervened.All four paddled to the group in difficulty, and prompted each of the teenagers to grab onto surfboards one by one. They used their knowledge of the currents to assist them to paddle over to a safer area where they could walk ashore.Each instructor returned a number of times until all nine of the teenagers were brought to safety.Thanks to the quick thinking of Owen, Fergal, Friedericke and Sean, a major tragedy was averted.Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural & Community Development presented the awards to the rescuers in appreciation for saving so many lives.Minister Ring, whose Department has responsibility for water safety said ‘It is an honour to pay tribute to these courageous and deserving award recipients. Tragically an average of 133 people drown in Ireland every year and although that’s 133 too many, the figure would be even higher but for the dramatic efforts of these individuals who saved others from drowning and the ongoing work of volunteers teaching swimming and water rescue skills.” “Complacency around aquatic environments is simply not an option”, remarked Mr Ring, adding that “thirty children aged fourteen and under drowned in ten years, reflecting the importance of constant uninterrupted child supervision.“The work of Irish Water Safety’s volunteers in teaching and assessing Lifeguards pays dividends at our waterways every year, reflected in the fact that Lifeguards rescued 302 people from drowning nationwide this summer, administered first aid on 3,777 occasions and reunited 298 lost children found wandering unsupervised near water.”“I appeal to all adults to make themselves more aware of the dangers in, on and around water”, continued Minister Ring.“It only takes seconds for tragedy to strike and this can so easily be avoided if people learn about the hazards and take responsibility for their own safety. I ask that people encourage friends and family to read Irish Water Safety’s guidelines at www.iws.ie so that they have the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to avoid becoming a drowning statistic. Drownings can happen quickly and silently so it is very important that people take training before pursuing aquatic activities.”Four local heroes win ‘Just In Time Awards’ was last modified: December 1st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:IRISH WATER SAFETYjust in time awardstullan strandlast_img read more

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County fairs provide more than ribbons, tractors pulls and food

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many people love county fairs. Whether attendees enjoy riding rides, eating fair food, competing in or watching livestock shows or other performances, there is something for almost everyone to enjoy at county fairs.It is no secret that I enjoy showing our miniature horses at the Morrow County Fair. Although I always try my best and often have good results, my favorite part of the fair is the sense of community. A walk through the barns or a stop at the yearly square dance are always sources of finding good friends with which to enjoy a chat and a laugh. Fun and friendships accompany hard work for me at our county fair. My dad (Ed – left) and my uncle (Bill – right) helped me show my minis in the halter classes at the fair.In addition to my family, I can always count on my friends and fellow exhibitors for a helping hand. My family has learned the hard way that if they come anywhere near the miniature horse barn on show days, they are going to be drafted for a job and they seem to look forward to it and enjoy it.As the miniature herd has expanded, not only have my husband, parents and aunt and uncle become key helpers in readying my horses for the shows, but others have been drafted as well.Lisa making sure Sam looks great when he and I enter the ring.A long-time friend of mine, Lisa, mentioned early in the week that her daughter was a member of the junior fair board. Because of this position, her daughter had to be dropped off and picked up from the fair early so Lisa said she was going to be on the fairgrounds for long periods of time while her daughter worked at the fair.I sent Lisa a text inviting her to come to my show the following day. What she didn’t know is that along with my dad and uncle she was going to become an important part of showing the geldings in the halter classes that day.It was a fun day with family and friends that won’t soon be forgotten.On hitch day of the fair (when the horses show pulling carts and wagons), I usually need some extra help to get all my minis in their classes in a timely manner. I can always count on my fellow exhibitors to lend a hand. On both practice days and show day, the Timmons and Cox families, in addition to my family, made sure I had safe experiences while driving my horses.Everyone pitched it to help when the judge noticed my wagon had a loose wheel.This year, even the judge played a role in making sure my show experience was safe. He noticed a loose wheel on my wagon as I prepared to enter the ring.As my husband held the horses and I sat on the wagon, the judge inspected each wheel for safety while our friend, Josh, tightened the wagon wheel.From practice days to show days to days just roaming around the fairgrounds, I can always count on my family and friends to lend a helping hand or be there for fun and laughs at the county fair.County fairs are much more than ribbons, tractor pulls and food, they are a place where memories and friendships are built that can last a lifetime.last_img read more

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Knowing livestock tampering laws helps maintain responsible food production at Ohio fairs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Summer marks the beginning of fair season — a time when thousands of 4-H youth all across the state showcase the animal projects they have spent so much time perfecting. As these hard working kids gear up to show their animals, I  want to encourage all exhibitors to be aware of livestock tampering rules so they do not accidentally disqualify their market animal projects.Some key things to keep in mind as you prepare your animal for the show ring: • If an animal is sick, the exhibitor should contact the veterinarian. • Prescription medications must be prescribed by a veterinarian for a valid medical purpose. • Extra-label use of any medication must be prescribed by a veterinarian and have an extended withdrawal time. • Over-the-counter drugs must be used according to label directions for a valid medical purpose. • Showing any livestock which has been administered a drug that exceeds the tolerance level, or a drug for which the withdrawal period has not elapsed, is prohibited.Other prohibited practices include: exhibiting an animal which has been tranquilized, making a false statement on a drug use notification form, failing to file or update a drug use notification form, negligently causing an unlawful substance to be present in an animal, or failing to sign a chain of custody form.If you have questions, calling the right person can make all the difference. As the regulatory agency to ensure food safety and prevent livestock tampering, we have seen instances in past years in which livestock exhibitors unknowingly violated Ohio’s livestock tampering laws. For example, if an exhibitor has a problem with their animal and they call the breeder rather than their veterinarian, the well-meaning breeder may inadvertently give the animal a medicine that would disqualify them from competition. If you have a question or medical concern about your animal, you should always call your veterinarian. Consulting with your veterinarian can prevent an accidental disqualification.Drug residues and other signs of tampering not only pose food safety concerns, they can provide an unfair competitive advantage over other animals. In an effort to keep things safe and to level the playing field for all animal exhibitors, the Ohio Department of Agriculture will continue to strictly enforce livestock tampering rules this fair season.Animal exhibition is an important part of youth leadership development and preparation for future food and livestock production. Lessons learned in the show ring prepare youth to be the next generation of successful, responsible food animal producers in our state. In addition to providing us with necessities like food, milk, shelter, and even fuel, food and agriculture provides one in seven people with jobs and generates $105 billion to the economy. As our population continues to grow, livestock exhibitors will become even more important in passing our agricultural traditions to future generations and helping to provide much needed food and agricultural products.As you make your final preparations to head into the show ring, I urge all of our youth exhibitors to be aware of Ohio’s livestock tampering laws and to be diligent in making sure your animal does not fall victim to an accidental or intentional tampering.For additional information or clarification, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health at 614-728-6220.I wish every one of our animal exhibitors a safe, exciting and successful showing season.last_img read more

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Don’t forget Pragya’s ordeal in jail, says senior RSS leader

first_imgDefending Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur for her remarks on slain Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare ahead of the Lok Sabha election, senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar on Wednesday said one should not forget her ordeal in custody at the hands of the Congress government at the Centre then.“No one denies that Mr. Karkare is a martyr,” said Mr. Kumar, national executive member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. “But, don’t forget the injustice perpetrated on Ms. Thakur by the Congress as part of a larger conspiracy.”Malegaon blast accused Ms. Thakur in April had said the death of Mr. Karkare in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks was a result of her curse after being treated “very badly” by him while in custody in the 2008 case. “Hemant Karkare falsely implicated me. He died of his karma. I told him, he will be destroyed. I told him his entire dynasty will be erased,” she had said. Speaking at a meeting of the RSS-backed Forum for Awareness of National Security in Bhopal, he said: “Don’t stoke sentiments of those who revere cows. Remember, what led to the mutiny of 1857 and eventually galvanised into the freedom movement. Playing with the sentiments of people could take the form of mass movements.”Stating that attacks on those indulging in cow slaughter were being singled out as lynchings when there more adverse forms of lynchings, he said: “Don’t forget the massacre in Jammu and Kashmir that led to the exodus of hundreds of people from there and the political mob lynchings of opposition workers by the Trinamool, the Congress and the Left in West Bengal and Kerala. Moreover, don’t forget those who raised slogans at universities to divide the country. Even the Supreme Court is delaying the Ram Mandir issue. Isn’t that lynching of democracy?” Mr. Kumar, however, added that those involved in any kind of lynching should be punished.‘Scrap Article 35A’Demanding that Article 35A of the Constitution be scrapped, he said that especially after the strikes following Pulwama and Uri attacks, at least 70% of the people believed that like the rest of the country was open to people from Jammu and Kashmir, even its door should open to them.last_img read more

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Gold for Bajrang, ‘rusty’ Sushil crashes out of Asian Games

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh Jakarta, Aug 19 (PTI) A dominating Bajrang Punia opened India’s gold medal account at the Asian Games, bringing smiles and relief to the Indian camp which was jolted by the early exit of star wrestler Sushil Kumar here today. An in-form Bajrang won his maiden Asian Games gold in the 65kg category but a ‘rusty’ Sushil lost his last chance to add an Asiad gold to his collection of medals after losing his qualification bout 3-5 to Bahrain’s Adam Batirov in the 74kg category. Bajrang came into the Games after winning three tournaments — Commonwealth Games, Tbilisi Grand Prix and Yasar Dogu International — and carried on with his superlative show here. Such was his domination that the 24-year-old from Haryana won all his bouts, till the final, by technical superiority. He outclassed Uzbekistans Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout. In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but Bajrang held his nerves to prevail 11-8 in an exciting battle. He raced to a 6-0 lead but the Japanese kept at it and put Bajrang under immense pressure. Bajrang emulated his mentor Yogeshwar Dutt, who won gold in the last edition, and is now one of the few Asiad gold medal winners in wrestling. Kartar Singh (1978, 1986), Satpal Singh (1982), Rajinder Singh (1978), Changdi Ram (1970) and Maruti Mane (1962) are among Asiad gold winners from India. A lot was expected from all five wreslters in action today but Sandeep Tomar (57kg), Mausam Khatri (97kg) and Pawan Kumar (86kg) faded out early.advertisement Pawan got a chance to redeem his campaign but lost his repechage round by technical superiority (0-11) to local boy Fahriansyah. The biggest blow though came when two-time Olympic medallist Sushil, who was exempted from Asiad trails, lost tamely. Sushil, winner of a bronze at the 2006 Doha edition, was competing at the Games after skipping the last two editions. The Indian led 2-1 after the first period with a take down but the Bahraini made a strong comeback to silence the Indian fans. Sushil himself was surprised with his defeat. “I did not expect this. I did not have any big competition under my belt and that was the main reason for my defeat. But it’s part of sport. I will train harder and come back,” said Sushil. “I was not passive. I tried. It was just that there was not much time between CWG and Asian Games, so I could not compete at bigger and better events to prepare.” The London Olympics silver medallist created two opportunities to score in the second period but could not convert them while Batirov did not miss his chances. He led 3-2 with a take down and then pushed the Indian out for a win. For Sushil to remain in the medal contention, Batirov needed to make the final. But the Bahraini lost his quarterfinal bout 2-8 to Japan’s Yuhi Fujinami, resulting to Sushil’s exit. Sandeep Tomar, who was the last wrestler to book a berth for the Games through trials, showed immense promise before crashing out in the quarterfinals. He won his second round 12-8 against Turkmenistan’s Rustem Nazarov but was outwitted 9-15 by Iran’s Reza Atrinagharchi. Tomar put up a brave fight and was locked 6-6 with his tactically superior Iranian rival. In the second period, though, Reza just ran away with the bout with his big-scoring moves. The Iranian later lost his semifinal bout, which resulted to Tomar crashing out. Khatri was outplayed 0-8 in the 97kg by Uzbekistan’s Magomed Ibragimo. Khatri remained passive throughout the bout and never made any attacking move. In the 86kg, Pawan Kumar made a rousing start by blanking Heng Vuthy of Cambodia 8-0 but later lost to reigning world champion Hassan Yazdani Charati of Iran by Technical Superiority. Yazdabi is the gold medallist at Rio Olympics, apart from winning three World Cup gold medals. PTI AT PDSPDSlast_img read more

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Province Invests In Local Shipbuilding Company

first_imgA Meteghan River boat-building company will use new technology to build larger boats and increase international sales. A.F. Theriault and Son Ltd. will buy a laser alignment system with the help of the province’s $21,000 investment from the Productivity Investment Program (PIP). “This investment will help A.F. Theriault and Son Ltd. become more efficient and competitive on an international stage,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “That’s what jobsHere, our plan to grow the economy, is all about.” The new equipment will more accurately align the engines and propulsion shafts on vessels, allowing the company to construct larger, high-quality boats, to be sold in Canada and internationally. A family business employing about 150 people, A. F. Theriault and Son Ltd. was founded in 1938, and combines old techniques with the latest trends and technologies to build state-of-the-art fishing boats, pleasure yachts and catamarans. “The equipment purchased with the PIP funding enables us to build vessels with greater precision,” said Gilles Theriault, director, A.F. Theriault and Son Ltd. “The result is a better quality and safer vessel.” The PIP program provides financial incentives to encourage businesses to become more productive, innovative and globally competitive by supporting capital investments through the Capital Investment Incentive stream, as well as workplace training and certification through the Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive stream. For more information on jobsHere and the PIP program, visit http://gov.ns.ca/jobsHere .last_img read more

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